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A 2011 investigation discovered that the government overpaid several Medicare Advantage plans by $128 million in 2007. However, Kaiser Health News reported that a majority of that money was never recovered, and the government recouped less than $3.4 million. The plans that were involved in the overpayments were likely exaggerating how sick and costly their patients were to receive additional payments from the government, according to the report.
A new survey suggests that only 20% of Americans support repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a clear replacement plan, which the GOP is currently working to do. The survey found that 47% of Americans believe that the ACA should be kept in place and not repealed, according to Kaiser Health News. While many would prefer to keep the law, some supporters of the repeal called for an immediate repeal, and others called for a replacement plan prior to appeal.
Yesterday, Senate Democrats asked Republican lawmakers to slow down the ACA repeal process, and work to find ways to alter the law instead. Democratic lawmakers hope that by revising the law, many programs would not be defunded, such as Planned Parenthood, which Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is pushing for, according to The New York Times. Despite this effort, the Republicans are moving forward with repeal efforts.